Decorated by Edward Lycett (American, 1833–1910)
Possibly made in Europe
Porcelain, overglaze enamel decoration and gilding; H. 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm)
Lent by Marco P. Stufano, from the collection of the late John H. Nally (L.1991.74.1)
This vase, an imported blank, displays Lycett's highly accomplished china painting. The contrast between the exposed white porcelain and the ivory-glazed ground creates the illusion that the vase is made from two different clay bodies. Masterfully painted roses encircle the monogrammed cylindrical neck and spill illusionistically onto the shoulder below. Delicately painted black outlines accentuate the gadrooned band that encircles the neck. The significance of the ornamental monograms and the dates is not known, yet Lycett's lavish decoration suggests that the vase was made for an important occasion.